Back in the 1890s, Louis Schmidt headed up the construction of the original Capital Brewing Company (later renamed as Olympia Brewing) at the base of Tumwater Falls. Today, Louis’s great-granddaughter Connie Sweetman is back in Tumwater as a volunteer in our extensive Archives.
Bob Crim has been the caretaker at Tumwater’s Schmidt House for nearly 60 years! He’s been a gardener, chauffeur, babysitter, sheep-shearer, handyman, and wedding host extraordinaire, to name just a few of his responsibilities. Help us celebrate Bob’s 78th birthday and semi-retirement on Tuesday, November 10, 12:30 to 3:00pm at the Schmidt House, 330 Schmidt…
OBEE calendars for 2016 are now available in the Foundation’s Tumwater Falls Park office. This year the theme is Olympia Brewing Company parades and floats.
The Olympia Tumwater Foundation education programs have awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships and grants to hundreds of talented and deserving students. Scholarships are offered on the basis of both achievement and n
The New Season of Monthly History Talks Kicks Off with Tracy Rebstock
We all have archives and perhaps haven’t even thought about it. Personal papers, family photo albums, scrapbooks and meaningful artifacts from your past are all part of your personal archives. While they may not be in a good state of organization, they are still treasures. We here at the Olympia Tumwater Foundation have some very nice archives that are an important part of our community history. We are working hard on a project to organize and digitize them to make them accessible to researchers. It only seemed appropriate that we begin our new season of free monthly history talks here at the historic Schmidt House with an expert in archives, which we did on Thursday, October 15th at noon with guest speaker Tracy Rebstock.
2014 scholarship recipients Megan Kramer and Emma Baldwin recently stopped by the Foundation office to say hi and give an update on their educational endeavors at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Megan is studying civil engineering and rowing crew while Emma is working towards a business degree and involved in horse riding. Both are getting good grades and enjoying the collegiate experience.